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New England Staff Nurses Have Their Say

The challenges facing incoming President Barack Obama and Congress are tremendous, but Americans are making it clear they want healthcare to be a high priority on the national agenda.

In a national survey released Jan. 15 by Kaiser Family Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, 43% of respondents said they view reforming healthcare as a top concern, ranking it third behind improving the economy at 73% and fighting terrorism at 48%.

We asked area staff nurses how they would advise the new president to improve the U.S. healthcare system.

What is one of the first issues related to healthcare the Obama administration should focus on in 2009 and why?

Dale Kelly, RN

“My primary focus as a nurse is on health promotion and prevention, and I believe we need a drastic paradigm shift in our current system. It is heartbreaking to care for patients who suffer from preventable diseases that progressed unnecessarily because of inadequate access to care. We must devote more resources to support a healthcare model that focuses on individual partnership with physicians and nurses to promote optimum health.”

— Dale Kelly, RN, BSN
Staff nurse
Boston Medical Center, Boston


Kecia Boyd, RN

“The Obama administration should focus on universal healthcare in the United States. As an oncology nurse, my initial thought was promoting public health coverage of preventive services with emphasis on cancer screening. Then I remembered my patients and others across our nation suffering from diseases and being bankrupt by medical cost – it’s a tragedy. It is shameful that everyone can’t afford or receive needed care. Our health care system needs much reform. It needs to be effective, efficient, patient-centered, and accessible to all.”

— Kecia Boyd, RN, BSN, OCN
Staff nurse
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston


Diane Pangia, RN

“I would hope for more easily accessible programs and resources for my patients. Often when we are working on discharge planning, we find there are lots of programs our patients would benefit from, but they are not available if the patients don’t have the right insurance or are uninsured. In some ways, it’s like they are being denied these services, especially if you have a patient who is motivated and wants the help.”

— Diane Pangia, RN
Inpatient Behavioral Health
Saint Mary’s Hospital, Waterbury, Conn.


Jeramy Tabuzo, RN

“I think President Obama should address the plight of the uninsured, who are increasing in numbers as more Americans lose their jobs. He should also focus on universal health care. Our healthcare system is complex and fragmented. We need a system that will ensure that Americans have health benefits in good times and in bad.”

— Jeramy Tabuzo, RN
Hospital Research Unit
Member of Staff Nurse Council
Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, Conn.

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